Fourth Greenest City in the World – Global Green Economy Index (October 2014)
Every year, the Global Green Economy Index measures the green economic performance of 60 countries according to four key dimensions – leadership and climate change, efficiency sectors, markets and investment, and environment and natural capital – and contrasts this with perceptions by expert practitioners on these same dimensions. The resulting rankings reflect the actual green performances of countries and cities worldwide, as well as global perceptions of countries. This year, Vancouver was named among the top greenest cities in the world – the only city in North America to land in the top five – and significantly outperformed the perception and actual scores for Canada.
Skytrax World Airport Awards (2014)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named Best Airport in North America for the fifth year running, and ranked ninth worldwide.
Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Ranking (August 2014)Vancouver was once again named one of the world’s most livable cities, ranking third (just behind Melbourne and Vienna). The ratings are based on a comprehensive assessment of 140 cities round the world, ranked according to five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
World's Healthiest Places to Live – Time Magazine (August 2014)
Time Magazine named Vancouver among the world's healthiest cities, indicating that "it's hard to beat Vancouver" when it comes to healthy lifestyles. The publication cited the city's mild climate, locally sourced foods, outdoor activities, healthcare and low-cost education as major contributors to Vancouver's fit reputation.
Top Travel Destination in Canada – Travel + Leisure (July 2014)
The world’s definitive publication for destination and travel information, Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards is based on reader evaluations of cities worldwide. Ratings are based on five characteristics, including sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people and value. This year, Vancouver’s score was high enough to claim the title of best city in Canada and sixth best in North America.
Stanley Park: Top Park in the World – TripAdvisor (June 2014)
In its 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards, TripAdvisor named Stanley Park the top urban park in the world. Each year, the company surveys millions of travellers for their favourite hotels, destinations, attractions and beaches worldwide, and shares the results on its high-traffic website. Travellers cited Stanley Park as the world’s best because of its "mini-forest, beautiful gardens, totem poles and scenic walkways".
Top North American City – Monocle magazine (June 2014)
Internationally renowned Monocle magazine named Vancouver the top city in North America in its 2014 Quality of Life survey. The publication is based out of London and provides comprehensive briefings on global affairs, business, culture and design. In its annual Quality of Life compilation, Monocle examines the “elusive alchemy that makes a good city a great place to live”.
2014 Garden Tourism Award for Destination of the Year – Canadian Garden Council (June 2014)
Vancouver received the 2014 Garden Tourism Award for Garden Destination of the Year. The annual awards highlight the country’s most dynamic garden experiences and acknowledge destinations as well as specific venues for contributing to Canada’s garden experience within the tourism industry.
Mercer Quality of Living Ranking (2014)
In Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey, Vancouver was ranked top city in North America and fifth in the world. The 2014 survey measured living conditions in more than 460 cities according to factors such as political and social environment; economic environment; schools and education; housing; and natural environment.
Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards – Best Destination in Canada (2013)
In Travel Weekly’s 11th annual awards chosen by the publication’s readers – including travel counsellors, industry marketing executives and CEOs of the world’s largest travel companies – Vancouver was voted the Best Destination in Canada.
Baxter Travel Media– Agent Choice Award for Top City/Town in Canada (2013).
In Baxter Travel Media’s annual awards, voted on by Canadian travel agents, Vancouver was named the top city in Canada.
Travel + Leisure magazine – Stanley Park, one of the world’s most beautiful city park (2013)
Vancouver’s 1,000 acre Stanley Park was included on Travel + Leisure magazine's list of world’s most beautiful city parks.
National Geographic magazine - Top 10 Beach Cities (2013)
Vancouver was named one of National Geographic magazine's "Top 10 Beach Cities" alongside Sydney, Honolulu, Barcelona, Rio, Nice, Cape Town, Miami, Tel Aviv and Santa Monica.
Skytrax World Airport Awards (2013)
For the fourth year in a row, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named Best Airport in North America. YVR also ranked eighth worldwide – the only airport in North America to land in the top 10.
WWF Global Earth Hour Capital (2013)
After winning the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Green City Challenge Award, Vancouver was named the world’s first Global Earth Hour Capital. The city also came out on top in the People’s Choice category, thanks to online votes cast from around the world. The WWF commended Vancouver’s commitment toward climate change, as well as its holistic and strategic approach to climate action, support for local food and progressive neighbourhood energy plan.
Meetings + Incentive Travel Readers’ Choice Award (2013)
In this year’s Readers’ Choice survey published in M+IT magazine’s Annual Market Report, Tourism Vancouver was named by Canadian MICE planners as one of the top Canadian CVBs to exceed their expectations.
Travel Weekly magazine (December 2012)
For the 10th year in a row, Vancouver was named Canada's best destination in Travel Weekly magazine’s Readers' Choice Awards. The awards are voted on by the publication's core readership of accredited U.S. travel agents. Vancouver has won the "Best in Destination: Canada" award for all 10 years the awards have been held.
Mercer Quality of Living Ranking (November 2012)
In Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey, Vancouver ranked top in North America and fifth in the world. The 2012 edition of Mercer's annual assessment rated 221 cities on 39 dimensions, including culture, crime, education and public services.
Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards (2012)
Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers voted Vancouver the best city in Canada to visit.
City RepTrak (September 2012)
Vancouver is the world’s most reputable city, according to the Reputation Institute’s annual poll. The Copenhagen-based organization surveyed more than 18,700 people worldwide on the reputations of 100 major cities, and Vancouver beat out world centres like Vienna and Sydney to earn top spot.
World Travel Awards (September 2012)
Vancouver received the World Travel Award for North America’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination. Voted on by travel agents worldwide, The World Travel Awards acknowledges and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
Travel + Leisure Magazine (2012)
In Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best” awards, Vancouver achieved top ranking as the best city in Canada
Outside Magazine (2012)
In its annual Travel Awards, Outside magazine named Vancouver the world’s Best Weekend Escape. The awards honour the best destinations and experiences across all seven continents, as determined by the publication’s global network of correspondents.
Meetings + Incentive Travel (2012)
In its annual Market Report study, Meetings + Incentive Travel named Tourism Vancouver one of Canada’s top three Convention and Visitor Bureaus.
The World Airport Awards™ (2011)
For the second year in a row, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named the best airport in North America. The Skytrax World Airport Service Quality Survey is the most respected Customer Survey of Airport product and service quality, with over 500 airports covered.
Economist Intelligence Unit (2011)
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has named Vancouver the third most liveable city in the world, based on the organization's Global Liveability Rankings survey. Over 30 indicators, grouped into five categories (stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure) are reviewed across 140 cities worldwide, and Vancouver impressively met 97.3 per cent of the criteria set. Vancouver has achieved first-place ranking on this esteemed list multiple times since 2005.
Travel Weekly Magazine (December 2010)
Travel Weekly magazine acknowledged Vancouver as the top Canadian destination for 2010 in their eighth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Vancouver has won all eight times.
Condé Nast Traveler (October 2010)
Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine voted Vancouver the “Best City in the Americas” at their annual Readers’ Choice Awards in New York. Vancouver won the top spot over Quebec City, Buenos Aires and Victoria. Cities are scored on ambience, friendliness, culture and sites, restaurants, lodging, and shopping, to give a final ranking. Vancouver was previously named “Best City in the Americas” by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009.
Up! magazine (2010)
Up! magazine has ranked Vancouver as Canada's "Most Walkable City" for the second year in a row. Vancouver topped the list based on judging criteria that assessed the experience each city provides to pedestrians - ranging from width of sidewalks to parkland paths. The ranking is part of Up! magazine’s annual walking index in an effort to recognize, celebrate and critique how Canadian cities facilitate the most basic travel of all: the one that starts with our own two feet.
SportBusiness Group (April 2010)
Vancouver has once again been named in the "top 10 of the world’s ultimate sports cities". The city finished sixth overall behind Sydney,Berlin, London, Singapore and overall winner Melbourne. However, Vancouver finished first in the medium sized city category, as well as for Quality of Life, one of the criteria in the assessment.
The International Congress & Convention Association (2010)
In a worldwide ranking of the number of international meetings held per city, Vancouver placed 33rd on the list, which makes it the #1 convention city in North America.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (June 2009)
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has once again named Vancouver as the world's most liveable city based on the organization's Global Liveability Rankings survey. Over 30 indicators, grouped into five categories (stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure) were reviewed across 140 cities around the world, and Vancouver impressively met 98 per cent of the criteria set.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (December 2008)
Not only is Vancouver the world’s most liveable city, but the EIU also ranked Vancouver as the top city for business travel for the third year in a row. The Business Travel index assessed and compared 140 cities as potential venues for business trips, conferences and training locations, taking into consideration the cost-related and environmental factors of each city.
Community Marketing Inc. (November 2008)
For the third year in a row, Vancouver was recognized as the number one gay leisure travel destination in Canada during an international survey conducted by Community Marketing Inc. (CMI). The annual survey, with over 4,000 gay and lesbian participants, is the largest of its kind and placed Vancouver at the top spot within Canada above both Montreal and Toronto. Vancouver also ranked as the second most-visited international destination.